SPRINGFIELD, MO-Parents of athletes may want to consider going to the dentist instead of the local sporting goods store for a mouthguard. According to the May/June 2014 issue of General Dentistry, high school football players wearing store-bought mouthguards were more than twice as likely to suffer concussions and mild traumatic injuries as those wearing properly fitted ones.
A total of 412 players participated in the study. While 220 were randomly assigned to wear fitted mouthguards, the remaining 192 wore over-the-counter mouthguards of their choice. The same style of football helmet was worn by all participants.
Following the experiment, more than eight percent of those wearing the standard mouthguard suffered a concussion or similar injuries. On the contrary, less than four percent of the athletes wearing properly fitted mouthguards dealt with concussions.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —Take a minute to imagine what it would feel like to get a call that your child or teenager had one or two of their front teeth knocked out while participating in a sporting event. How would it impact their everyday life like smiling, talking, eating? Would the teeth have to be replaced with a dental implant or a dental bridge? Would it mean time away from school or work?
“The importance of wearing protective mouth and headgear to prevent injuries cannot be emphasized enough,” says Dr. Marc Barnett, a Springfield, Mo. dentist who has seen firsthand the aftermath of dental-facial injuries at his practice. “That is why we want every patient at our practice to have and use a protective athletic sports mouthguard to keep them safe and healthy.”
BRANSON— Millions of people suffer from chronic headaches and migraines. For many, the cause or trigger is unknown, but one culprit is teeth clenching and teeth grinding, a condition known as bruxism.
Since June is Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, Barnett-Davis Dental Group is helping raise awareness about how bruxism may trigger attacks and how those who suffer from headaches can avoid them.
SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI-Practices for the fall athletic programs have already begun, but it isn’t too late to check mouth guards for proper fit and signs of wear.
“You can prevent the vast majority of sports-related traumatic injuries when you use the proper protective gear, which includes a mouth guard,” says Dr. Kelly Barnett, a Springfield MO dentist.